Walking in the lake or ocean, basking in the comforts of the shallow water is ideal. The reality, however, is that the ocean continually deepens into, still, to this day, many unknown depths. Living in Utah, I feel I have grown in a shallow religion, one that teaches societal comforts, what is needed to "do" to acquire blessings, to live a comfortable life. Do not go into the deep end or you will drown. And in the age of social media, I feel the shallow water is becoming much much more shallow where we will not be any water left. Just dry barren desert sandy beaches, however pretty that still may be. I would much rather a life to bask in sandy beaches, yes, but still hold the luxury of diving into deep water so that I do not damage my head :)
"Church" was never meant to be a physical location full of meetings, records, stress and anxiety no matter how much peace and good feelings you have for a moment's time and then back to the "world". Peace and joy should not only held to a Sunday going church member. The meaning of the word church is one of those words that through translation and the gossip game have lost the meaning entirely that basically came from the word ekklesia. "Ekklesia really means "a calling out", a meeting or a gathering. Ekklesia is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew qahal, which means an assembly or a congregation. Neither ekklesia nor qahal means a building. Tyndale, in his translation, uniformly translated ekklesia as "congregation" and only used the word "churches" to translate Acts 19:37 for heathen temples!" (http://grahamhancock.com/phorum/read.php?4,762067,762067)
We love mysticism, we love stories, literally making my living out of storytelling helps me to better see stories in "real life". We love the paintings, we love the videos and storytelling especially that give wonderful and happy feelings, why then, are we ever increasing dependency on "feel good" drugs? We have a shallow society and religion continues to add to the shallow-ness. Only in religion and institutions are we taught to never question authority (that belief has sure worked out for many historical dictators, hasn't it) You give me one religion on this earth that doesn't at least share that form of belief. "Never question your faith"? "Don't think to deeply, that is where Satan gets you." We love Santa Claus, monsters under the bed, and are continually needing to be wary of wolf in sheep's clothing, but, never in your own social structure or religion. It's always those "others" you should be careful about. Interesting, right?
Ignorance plays a big part in religion. Remember, the story of Jesus walking on water. He was only walking over deep water. So even then, if you are a deep thinker, it's ok! That may just be as much of a "mental Illness" as a "shallow thinker". I have had to come to grips with this myself in my life, facing continually against a mountain of fear to never think too deep. "Repent ye, repent ye and come back to the fold" as if wherever you are in life just come buy what we are selling and everything in your life will be ok... (that's pretty shallow) "You can always feed a man but until you teach him to fish he will feed himself forever" What happened to that underlining doctrine? Repenting, I feel is a widespread disease that isn't properly taught or looked at. To repent comes from the word metanoēte. Which means: to change one's mind or purpose and basically to think differently. Repenting as a continual, never-ending process is to not change to a one church, one all mindset, but, delving deeper, into the meaning (remember, that deep water...) breakdown that word ; Meta: with, among, after
Noeó: to perceive, think
Continual repentance means: "with mental effort I understand, think, consider, conceive, apprehend; aor. possibly: realize.
Repentance is not merely an end goal into a weekly commitment to an institution but to continually understand, consider, conceive, think, etc. Religion closes off the repentance process because religion needs money for membership status. Life, peace and joy need repentance to continually grow and consider and think and realize our true potential: Infinite beings
I could be wrong but that is the joy of continually thinking and considering the deep ends. I'd rather be a fool only to live with the wise than be considered wise only to be found with the fools.